Affordable Europe, Really!

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If you are heading to any of these 15 hot travel destinations in Europe this summer, the New York Time staff and contributors have great money-saving tips for you.

In these Affordable Europe: City Guides, you would discover cheap eats, bargain hotels, and great shopping guaranteed not to max out your credit card :
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Florence, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, St. Petersburg and Vienna.

Be sure to send us a postcard and post your own tips online.

Whither Will We Wander in Washtenaw?

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To Gallup Park with the Washtenaw Wanderers. Join in the Volkssport Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fun, family-oriented scenic river stroll. Meet the Wanderers at the Gallup Park Canoe Livery. Hey, there's even bratwurst when you're done.

May Day at Gallup Park

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No May Poles but plenty of other activities await seniors May 1st, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Gallup Park. Nature walks, fresh-brewed coffee and sweets, and outdoor fun guaranteed to shake off those winter blues. $5 per person. Meet at the Gallup Park Canoe Livery and get energized!

National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day

Need inspiration to participate in getDowntown's Commuter Challenge beginning May 1? May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Awareness Month. It's also National Bike Month and May 18 is Bike to Work Day. Get ready by reading The Bicycle Commuting Book or any of our many books on bicycle maintenance and repair, such as last year's Bicycle! A Repair and Maintenance Manifesto. For additional inspiration, watch The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels, Breaking Away or Curious George Rides a Bike.

Cool !

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Supposedly you can’t just create Cool. It just somehow occurs. I don’t know if that’s true but I do know cool when I see it. There’s still time to arrange your schedule to visit the RV rally of the “Tin Can Tourists” group happening May 17 to 20 with all the trailers open for display on Saturday May 19, 2007 from 12 to 4 p.m.. The rally is being held at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan (nominal $3 parks admission unless you have a season pass).

I went last year and was blown away by the trailers I saw. The trailers are from both far and wide in a great variety of shapes, colors and sizes from the 1940’s to recent times(and some special vintage tow vehicles as well}.
Check out their web site at Tin Can Tourists - Vintage Trailer RV Motorhome Coach Club for a lot of information and some neat photos as well.

A2 Events: Need a new groove for spring?

Try contact improvisation dance and move where the groove takes you. On Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th local contact improv teacher, Stefanie Cohen will host a visit by Kathleen Maltese, a Chicago-based dancer, teacher and co-founder of the Chicago Contact Improvisation Group, for a special series of classes where students will explore the practice of falling and jamming. The event will also include dancers from throughout the Great Lakes region, an open dance for all, food, and live music by Detroit band Immigrant Suns. For more information, check out the Ann Arbor/Detroit Contact Improvisation website. If you want to read more about contact improv, check out:

Dances That Describe Themselves: The Improvised Choreography of Richard Bull
Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation
The Moment of Movement: Dance Improvisation
Speaking of Dance: Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on Their Craft

Run Spot Run

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But where, Spot, where? A public meeting to discuss a proposal for an off-leash dog park at Ward Park will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m., at Ann Arbor Church of Christ. The Swift Run Off-Leash Park, a collaboration between the City of Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County is still under construction.

Earth Day Festival at Matthaei

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Sunday, April 22, will be even more beautiful when you attend the Earth Day Celebration at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. From noon to 4 p.m. take in animal demonstrations, live entertainment, hands-on activities and of course miles of nature trails and outdoor gardens. Start your visit with a nature walk at 12:30 led by the Huron River Watershed Council, then head over to the All Species Parade at 2 p.m. Admission is FREE thanks to donations from area businesses, so take this opportunity to get acquainted with Matthaei.

Walking and Talking about Huron River Drive

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The weather's going to be perfect Saturday, April 21st, so get out the bike or get on your walking shoes and enjoy a vehicle-free portion of Huron River Drive from Bird Road to North Main between 9:00 a.m. and noon. The City is developing a Plan to improve that section of the roadway and they want your input on balancing the needs of different users of this beautiful stretch of Huron River roadway.

Composting Extravaganza

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Yes, composting can be extravagantly entertaining to watch when the science wizards at the MRF turn 12,000 tons of leaves into dark, yummy mulch. Join them this Saturday, April 14th, from 10:00 a.m. - noon, and receive a coupon for a free, yes free, bushel of compost. But wait there's more. You can also tour the recycling center for free.

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